With the rainy season upon them, our 45 students at the Rwenena Primary School in the volatile South Kivu region of eastern DR Congo are more prone than ever to stepping on debris and walking through standing water - both of which can cause harmful diseases. They need protection for their feet. Some children wear open shoes (flip-flop style), but foot protection is minimal. This microproject will provide one pair of shoes (covering the feet) and a pair of socks for each student.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Serious ailments are absorbed through the feet. Cracks can allow parasitic infections such as hookworm and threadworm to penetrate the skin. Other diseases come from the foot's exposure to standing water. During this volatile period of no roofing and later with debris from roofing repair, the students' feet are prone to injury and disease.
How will this project solve this problem?
With no income available to most of the students' single mothers, a necessity as basic as a pair of shoes cannot be afforded--if they are available locally at all. Shoes will provide essential protection for the feet and provide a sense of caring from others beyond their community, which has no other source of support from anywhere in the world.
Potential Long Term Impact
The education of these boys and girls - for as long as funding continues - allows them a start in breaking the cycle of poverty. Even the small kids realize that the path to a better life comes through education. As important as the rudimentary education that can be achieved by these impoverished schools is, getting communities to treat one another without discrimination regardless of circumstance is paramount in their need to recognize basic human rights.
Total Funding Received to Date: $500
This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.
Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $500 . The original project funding goal was $495.
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